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ITCO211-1104B-02: Introduction to Operating Systems
Unit 1 Individual project - Windows research
American InterContinental University
November 13, 2011

Windows 7 operating system

In order to upgrade the companies personal computer (PC) workstations to the windows 7 operating system each workstation must meet the following minimum requirements:

1. have at least a 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Processor.
2. have 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit.

3. have16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

4. have DirectX 9 graphics device with Windows display driver model (WDDM) 1.0 or higher driver. (windows.microsoft.com, 2011)

The Windows 7 upgrade advisor is the tool needed to make a determination as to whether or not a computer is Windows 7 compatible. This program can be downloaded directly from the Microsoft Windows 7 website. The following steps are needed to determine compatibility: 1. Download the Windows 7 upgrade advisor and install the software.

2. Plug in any hardware devices that are regularly used with the PC you're evaluating. This way the hardware can be evaluated as well for compatibility with Windows 7.
3. Run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.
4. You will see the following window for a moment while the software checks for any updates to the program.

5. When the following window appears click on the “start check” button.

6. The Windows 7 upgrade advisor will now start checking your computers compatibility.
This check may take several minutes to complete.

7. Once the compatibility check is completed, a report will appear explaining which Windows 7 upgrade options are available. The report will also direct you to where you can obtain the guidance needed to fix the system, program, and device issues it finds to make your workstation PC compatible to install...
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